He's magic, you know.
Gerard Deulofeu's wing wizardry is returning to Goodison Park after Everton completed a £5million deal with Barcelona with the player officially joining the club on July 1st.
As reported in the gossip columns over the past few weeks, Deulofeu has signed a three-year contract with the Toffees with the option of a further season, two years after he first joined the club on loan.
Rumours have been linking the 21-year-old with a Goodison return for several weeks, with his chances of first-team football at the Nou Camp looking limited.
The final few months of his loan at Sevilla also turned sour, with Deulofeu finding himself out of the first-team picture during the closing weeks of the season.
Barcelona were keen to send Deulofeu out on loan again, but the forward reportedly insisted on a permanent transfer, with Everton heading the queue. He is also reported to have turned down offers of more money elsewhere in order to sign for the Blues.
To cover themselves Barca have ensured the deal includes a buy-back clause of around €9m after the first year of the deal, with the fee rising to €12million should the Catalan side want to buy him back the following season. They also have first option should Everton decide to sell Deulofeu in the future.
The move has been well received by the supporters given the success Deulofeu enjoyed during his loan spell. He is still far from being the finished product but will bolster the side with much need creativity, skill and unpredictability - something they badly needed last season when they struggled to break teams down.
Even with the buy-back clause the deal looks something of a bargain, and with Deulofeu joining Tom Cleverley in the Goodison ranks the early signs are promising ahead of what will be a critical summer for Everton and Roberto Martinez.
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